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Previous Entry Methods for sight-singing Jan. 12th, 2010 @ 01:26 pm Next Entry
I was just thrown for a loop regarding my school’s theory program. Apparently they do not use solfege. My question is, if I were to audition at Juilliard, Eastman, or a similar school (for my master’s degree), would I be laughed out of the room if I were to sight-sing using numbers? And for curiosity's sake, how common is it for institutions of higher learning to use non-solfege sight-singing methods? In the past, I learned to sight read with solfege, and I’m thinking I might be better off going back to those materials and studying independently. Using numbers is easier, but if solfege is what I need to know in the long run, as I imagine it is, then I don't want to be sight-singing with numbers for the next few semesters.

Thank you in advance for any responses.
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From:tabbyfoo
Date:January 12th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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What do you sing for a flat 3, then? 2.5? That's dumb.
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From:lorganiste
Date:January 13th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
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It depends on the school, though I think solfege is more standard these days. It's also what they use in many other parts of the world, so it comes in handy if you're traveling and need to go over music with people who don't share your language. I had to learn both because I've been at a couple of different schools. I didn't like solfege at first but now it's automatic. You can do it!! :-)
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